Obama Briefs Top Lawmakers on Options in Iraq

President Obama met with Congressional leaders on Wednesday to discuss ongoing unrest in Iraq and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), NBC News reported. The president invited House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the White House, where he updated them on his administration's efforts to respond to rebel violence, which has shaken Iraq and led to criticism of Obama's foreign policy in the region. Among Obama's critics is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who slammed the president on Wednesday and announced a new foreign policy group "Alliance for a Strong America." McConnell said he fears an additional "meltdown" in Afghanistan if U.S. troops are withdrawn from there as planned. Reid countered that Iraq was "the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of the country" and said he's uninterested in analysis from "the architects of the Iraq War."

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